Special Programs at DOXA 2019

Special Programs at DOXA 2019

DOXA has invited two extraordinary guest curators – Zool Suleman (Longing and Belonging: 1990s South Asian Film and Video) and Thierry Garrel (Italia Italia) -- to select a series of films, and provide an essay for the 2019 Festival. In addition to the guest curator programs, DOXA offers two exceptional Spotlight Programs this year with Politics of Place and Communities of Care.

Influenced by the 1980s Black Arts Movement in Britain, and in opposition to state-sponsored multiculturalism paradigms in Canada, the 1990s were a time of significant cultural production within Canada’s South Asian arts communities. Structured around themes of diaspora and identity, Longing and Belonging includes a special screening of Ali Kazimi’s Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas. Ali Kazimi and Jeffrey Thomas are both recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

After four editions of French French, Italia Italia is a new leg of our Grand Tour exploring auteur-driven documentaries from Europe. Featuring several contemporary Italian and French films, Italia Italia showcases the new generation of documentarians blooming in Italy. The program also features several films by Mosco Boucault, an esteemed director who has spent 15 years making films about Italy’s social and political realities. Boucault has just completed the monumental Corleone, which documents the ruthless rise and fall of infamous Sicilian godfather Totò Riina, who defied the State for 20 years and ordered the execution of anti-mafia judges.

The Politics of Place Spotlight showcases how landscapes contain a multitude of narrative possibilities. Whether it’s a dense forest in southern Slovenia (Greetings From Free Forest), the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, (Los Reyes) or an informal neighbourhood in Manila being engulfed by an expanding port (In the Claws of a Century Wanting), these rigorous films invite us to uncover the histories and personalities that emerge from a careful observation of place. Meanwhile, the collection of films in the Communities of Care Spotlight presents intimate examples of companionship and trust. From service dogs trained to assist their owners (Buddy), infants in Iceland learning to swim (DIVE: Rituals in Water), or brothers caring for their 93-year-old grandmother (América), these films remind us that in times of political and economic uncertainty, caring for one another can be the ultimate radical act.